Bon Appétit has an easy recipe for lemon cilantro couscous that takes fewer than 10 minutes to prepare and includes olive oil, turmeric, coarse salt, lemon juice and garlic. This recipe serves up to six people.
To prepare lemon cilantro couscous, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, sautéing the ingredients for one minute. Add 1 2/3 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon peel and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse kosher salt. Bring the water and seasonings to a boil, remove the water from the heat, and add 1 1/2 cups of plain couscous. Stir the couscous thoroughly, cover it tightly, and let it sit for five minutes or until the couscous absorbs all of the water. Fluff the couscous with a fork until it achieves the desired texture. Add 1/4 cup of fresh chopped cilantro and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, mixing thoroughly. Season the couscous with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve couscous hot with a Middle Eastern or North African entrée. In many countries, couscous is a side dish accompanying root vegetables such as potatoes and turnips. For a heartier meal, cook couscous with broth or as part of a stew instead of soaking it in water. Local couscous variations often include chicken, lamb or mutton.